Portugal win second U17 EURO title on penalties

Baku, May 22, AZERTAC

Portugal won their second UEFA European Under-17 Championship title by defeating Spain on penalties after a 1-1 draw, La Roja captain Manu Morlanes missing the decisive spot kick, according to UEFA website.

Nine had been converted when the Villarreal player clipped the outside of Diogo Costa's left-hand post, giving Portugal the trophy they last lifted 13 years years ago.

Both goals arrived in the space of six minutes either side of the half-hour mark, Diogo Dalot opening the scoring with his second in as many games, firing across Ignacio Peña after José Gomes had chested on Rúben Vinagre's left-wing cross. Cue the Cristiano Ronaldo-style celebration witnessed against the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Spain's riposte was quick. Morlanes delivered from the right, defender Juan Brandariz nodded the ball on and Brahim Díaz got above his marker to direct goalwards a header that Dalot could not prevent from crossing the line.

With full time imminent, Santi Denia sent on Adrián for his first action of the finals. Unlike Tim Krul in the Netherlands' 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-final shoot-out against Costa Rica, however, the Espanyol keeper did not turn out to be the hero.

Costa's run of not conceding a goal in this season's edition ended at 656 minutes when Díaz struck. Until then, the Porto shot-stopper had not picked the ball out of the net for Portugal in this competition since Trevoh Chalobah put England ahead in a qualifying round fixture on 4 October.

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